Now ask this question: who is the Left's version of Grover Norquist? Who is the lobbyist-slash-"obstacle" who has threatened Democratic candidates not to bend on any limitation on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid?
Only one paragraph buried inside the Nov. 27 Post mentioned any pressure from leftist hardliners. "A coalition of union groups aired ads" during NBC's Thanksgiving broadcast of the Macy's parade in key states, "urging Congress to resist cutting entitlement programs." The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has collected 65,000 signatures urging Congress to reject "any proposal that cuts or fundamentally changes earned benefits from our social insurance safety net."
These "hands off the safety net" socialists at NCPSSM don't even acknowledge mathematics. On its Facebook page, it touts a quote from Rep. Xavier Becerra: "Social Security isn't about numbers. It's about people."
The Left is pretending that Obama's reelection is somehow a mandate for their agenda. But the president's constant campaign mantra promised a "balanced approach" of tax hikes and spending cuts.
"You can't reduce the deficit unless you take a balanced approach that says, 'We've gotta make government leaner and more efficient,'" the president told CBS anchor Scott Pelley in September, and the rich need "to do a little bit more."
Conservatives laugh -- and everyone else should laugh -- when Obama says he's for "leaner and more efficient" government. But that is what he pledged to the electorate. If he has a "mandate," it's not for the leftist hard line.
Or is this pledge also "outdated"?
The unions and "progressive" groups like NCPSSM met with Obama at the White House on Nov. 13 and came away proclaiming they were encouraged by his resolve to force higher taxes on the rich and preserve entitlements. The TV networks barely noticed it happened.
ABC skipped it. NBC's Kristen Welker suggested before the meeting that Obama would start "a renewed push to lawmakers and labor officials today to avoid the looming fiscal cliff." On the next morning, CBS's Bill Plante briefly mentioned "the signal he sent yesterday at a meeting with labor leaders that nothing is off the table, including programs like Medicare."
So if the dealmakers can't come to an agreement, and the country goes over a "fiscal cliff," journalists are determined to blame conservatives. Ironically, once taxes are raised, then conservatives are the ones who won't have any skin in the game.
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. To find out more about Brent Bozell III, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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